OPERATION RAHAT II BY INDIAN AIR FORCE

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Continuing with its yeomen service the CONDORS of Jammu Air Force Station under Air Commodore PE Patange on 04 September 2014 were alerted by the Civil administration for flood relief operations in the Jammu sector. The Air Force was fully ready to undertake the operations immediately. The actual reports and the specific details of the locations started arriving at about 0600 hours on 05 September 2014. Despite continuous rain inclement weather the first aircraft got airborne at 0649 hours and the rescue operations continued throughout the day in extremely challenging conditions pushing both the aircrew and the aircraft to extreme limits. On 05 September 2014 a total of 108 people were rescued from marooned locations and brought to safety.

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Although the weather did not relent the operations were further intensified. On 06 September 2014 at about 1100 AM two ALH of the Army Aviation were attached to the Air Force under the command of the Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Jammu to aid with the relief work. A total of 16 sorties were flown by the Air Force MI 17 IV aircraft by Wing Commander Anup Sharma, Squadron Leader CP Savathi, Squadron Leader A Sangwan, Squadron Leader Khanduri and Squadron Leader Shailesh Singh rescuing 456 civilians. 29 BSF personal and 05 Army personal. The Army Aviation flew a total of 08 sorties rescuing 71 BSF personal and 03 Army personal.
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Operation Rahat II was meticulously planned flawlessly executed under the most challenging environment. The response of the Air Force in the short reaction time speaks volumes about the professionalism and ability to operate under the most testing of conditions.

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